Jcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4572 times:
You always remember your first. EAL was my first commercial flight: a Connie on the shuttle from Newark to National. Spring 1962. The fare was $15.
I was in college in Washington, DC. My room mate was from Bayonne, New Jersey. His mother would call him and tell him to meet a certain shuttle arrival at National. She would tell him what the suitcase or gym bag she was sending. It was always filled with freshly baked cookies, fruit, or other goodies. At times he even sent laundary up to her and she would return it a day later. Crazy but it worked. One hour and fifteen minute delivery, 200 miles. FEDEX can't even beat that today.
Gone are those days where you simply put your bags on a cart, boarded the plane, and paid enflight.
WDBRR From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 617 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4479 times:
Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 5): Damn WDBRR, you beat me to it!!!!! I had 3 threads planned. Oh well.
I waited until midnight like a ball drop to post this thread.
I am glad I had the opportunity to work for them.
I still have my SystemOne training manual and many
other items that I will never discard.
Globalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 940 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4164 times:
Well I must say that 15 years ago tonight I was working the gates at ATL for Eastern and it turned out to be the saddest night in my aviation career. Just a note to all A.Neters out there that may have had ties, that it really was a good run and I CANNOT believe that it has been 15 years since the "Wings of Man" flew. Hope that all of my former EAL colleagues are doing well! R.I.P EA Jan 18 1991.
Cheers and thanks for a great run!
Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
Cadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4137 times:
Never got to fly EA myself, but my gradfather always told me about Eastern espically about down to the caribiean and other faraway places Id never herd of as a kid. But it seems like they were a great airline and Im sure I have no idea the impact it had on you folks but im sorry for your loss.
Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7554 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4120 times:
The main memory of Eastern Airlines I have is that it was my first flight; on a family trip to see my grandparents during Christmas Break 1971-1972 (I was 6 at the time). After that, most of my memories of EA were from family spotting trips at BOS during the '70s; saw many a-noisy (pre-hushkit days) DC-9s & 727s leaving smoketrails while approaching 22L.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
Gr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1608 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4037 times:
I arrived on a long layover (turned out to be a very long layover) in Toronto on the 17th. Eastern bought us tickets home on USAir on the 19th.
I was looking at my manual just the other day; the last bulletin (dated 11/23/90) covered the newly reconfigured A300s with 48 First Class seats. One shortly before that covered the increased minumum crew due to expanded First Class on the narrow-bodies with two F/As dedicted to First: DC-9-30 - three or four; DC-9-50 - four or five; 727-200 - five; 757-200 - five or six! My how times have changed!
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4012 times:
15 years - time does fly. I do miss Eastern, and have special memories as my first flights were on EA, as a small child, I can recall flying between NYC and Florida on EA's DC8s, 720s and 727s - and I can remember being so excited to fly on Eastern's DC-8-61s between JFK and MIA, after all, it was way cool to be flying on the largest pax aircraft back then.
APFPilot1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3852 times:
My mom was working for an EAL express carrier at the time (owned by lorenzo as well) Great memories of growing up around that and it's what got me hooked on aviation. After having read and studied the situation with Charlie Bryant there are a lot of things I would like to say about him, but I don't want to get banned.
NW305 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3658 times:
I flew Eastern on June 4, 1979 from CAE to ATL and again on June 16, 1979
from ATL to CAE. Both flights were operated with the DC-9-30 and had a great time. I was 13 at the time and flying alone to visit relatives in Memphis.
Flyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1743 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3476 times:
My first flight also was on EA, back in 1986. My parents and I, flew JFK-FLL on an L1011, back was a 727. I was already getting into aviation at the time, though only 6 years old. After these flights, my interest really took off Pun intended. Around 3 years later, my new upstairs neighbor, ended up being an EAL worker here at JFK. His son was around my age, and he would take us to the big EAL hangar at JFK every so often. My best memory from this, was the one time Concorde was parked in their hangar. We got to walk on board, though not airborne, not many people can say they have been on board